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Report: Apple plans iTunes streaming option at $7.99/month

Report: Apple plans iTunes streaming option at $7.99/month

We’ve been speculating on it for some time, but with good cause. Apple’s iTunes business model is dated and tired, which is evident by so many reports of digital sales giving way to streaming music. Some sort of iTunes streaming was expected — necessary, even — so the speculation was much less wishful thinking and much more giddy expectation. Details are starting to emerge about Apple’s latest streaming offering, suggesting we’re getting just about everything we want, even cross-platform streaming for Android users.

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Apple Watch app: spanning the grid

Apple Watch app: spanning the grid

The Apple Watch will be released this April - but before then, we'd like to get you prepared to understand how you'll be using this piece of technology. It's not difficult - Apple wouldn't create a product meant to be hard to use, of course - and its user interface is mostly going to be based on the device itself, not on your iPhone. Working with our own knowledge of the device mixed with the dive released by AppleInsider today, here's what you're going to need to know.

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Apple iOS grabbed OS share lead in US in Q4

Apple iOS grabbed OS share lead in US in Q4

New smartphone sales data is in for the US looking at Q4 2014 from Kantar Worldpanel CamTech. The data from the research firm shows that Apple iOS lead the US OS share for the first time since Q4 2012 during the important 2014 holiday shopping season. The metrics show that Apple's sales grew market share in the US, Europe, and China during the quarter.

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Apple switching gears to test camera-equipped vehicles in Bay Area

Apple switching gears to test camera-equipped vehicles in Bay Area

Minivans are a staple of the US Landscape, and now Apple is testing Minivans equipped with Cameras and a LiDAR Sensor for a possible new (secret) project. There have been numerous sightings of these vehicles in recent weeks. What does Apple have up its secret sleeve this time? Is Apple possibly trying to compete with Google Streetview? A bit late to the Mapping game, Apple seem to finally want to shed their ill-received entry into mapping technology, and are actively trying to give their Google counterparts a run for their money, so to speak.

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Apple Watch news: leaked icon, a new app, and a fresh landing page

Apple Watch news: leaked icon, a new app, and a fresh landing page

Apple CEO Tim Cook says it’s coming in April. Various other reports lay out a litany of non-official info about the Apple Watch, but one thing is certain: we’re interested in Apple’s first official wearable. A new landing page for the Apple Watch aims to educate the public a bit more about why the Apple Watch is something they should consider, while the actual iOS app for the Apple Watch (which we’ve discussed before) has also been leaked via Twitter.

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Apple to repurpose Arizona Sapphire plant as data center

Apple to repurpose Arizona Sapphire plant as data center

Remember that failed Sapphire plant in Arizona, where Apple was supposed to churn out tons of their favorite screen material for use on iPhones and every other gadget they could think up? When GT Advanced failed to make good on their deal with Apple for Sapphire glass, Apple promised to repurpose the building. Initially, it wasn’t as clear as Sapphire what they’d do with their owned warehouse space, but now we know. Apple is planning a $2 billion data center where Sapphire once was.

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Tablet growth was only 1% in Q4 2014

Tablet growth was only 1% in Q4 2014

The latest metrics are in from Strategy Analytics looking at the tablet market in Q4 2014 and the numbers don’t look good. Tablet growth has come to a virtual standstill thanks to a market flooded with products. The tablet sector responsible for the miniscule 1% growth during Q4 2014 were cheap Android tablets. Considering that Q4 is the holiday season, this is the quarter when tablet makers expect solid gains.

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Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Much has been said already about how the release of the Apple Watch will be the biggest change in Apple products since the company began selling touchscreen devices. However, Apple's new smartwatch will also bring about a small, albeit interesting change to their retail locations: the installation of safes. Not just small, personal safes like you may have in your closet, but large, professional ones like you often see in traditional jewelry stores. Sources say these forthcoming lockboxes are intended for one thing: to store the high-end Apple Watch Edition timepieces that come in luxurious gold.

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Connect Plus keychain adapter has micro USB, Lightning connectors

Connect Plus keychain adapter has micro USB, Lightning connectors

Echo's Connect Plus is a "Y"-shaped USB connector with a standard USB connector on one side, and both a micro USB and Apple Lightning connector on each arm. This allows both Apple devices and gadgets that use micro USB to be charged without carrying around separate compatible cables, and the addition of flexibility means it can be re-adjusted and bent to work with different gadgets that might have unusual port placements. In addition, the device is small enough to fit on a keychain, and includes a keychain loop.

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SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud has pushed out an update for its iOS and Android apps, with the Android version having received it back on Tuesday and the iOS version a couple days later on Thursday. The Android update is a fairly small one, bringing only minor changes; the iOS version, however, received a more substantive update specifically for those using the app on an iPad. iPad users will find a redesigned interface that boosts Apple's slate up to the same design level that has largely been available to iPhone users -- it is clean and easy to use, beautiful, and now lacking a Record button.

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